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Internal Transfer

The CALS Admissions Team is Here to Help:

Email cals_admissions [at] cornell.edu with the subject “Internal Transfer” and you will be connected with the Internal Transfer Coordinator.

Information for Internal Transfer Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Please review the following important information as you prepare for the internal transfer admissions process. Please also review Cornell’s Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees website.

Eligibility and Academic Requirements by Major

  • Eligible applicants should be non-CALS, degree-seeking Cornell students who will have completed at least two full-time semesters at Cornell (12 credits minimum/semester) prior to entering CALS.
  • Internal transfer students must be enrolled in CALS for at least two semesters prior to graduation. A total of 55 CALS credits are required for graduation.
  • In most cases, students applying for internal transfer to CALS will do so at the conclusion of their first year or during their sophomore year at Cornell (entering CALS as first semester sophomores, second semester sophomores or first semester juniors). Students applying to enter CALS as second semester juniors and first semester seniors may be considered for internal transfer, but must demonstrate that they would be able to complete degree requirements in time to graduate.
    • Students applying to enter CALS as second semester juniors and first semester seniors are required to meet with CALS Admissions prior to applying.
  • Internal Transfer to the new Global Development major will be available in fall 2022 for rising sophomore students.
  • Students may not internally transfer to the Interdisciplinary Studies major when entering CALS. The change to this major evolves after a student finds their interests diverging from their current major, and when an idea of a new educational objective is emerging.
  • Dyson School students who wish to transition to another CALS major should apply through the internal transfer process. As the Dyson School is uniquely positioned in both the SC Johnson College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CALS is committed to working closely with Dyson students who seek to join another major within the College. Submitted applications will receive every consideration.
  • Dyson School students may seek entry into the CALS Interdisciplinary Studies major. Dyson School students interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies major should contact CALS Admissions to set up meeting to discuss this option.
  • Current CALS students seeking to change majors should connect with the Advising Contact in their desired major and CALS Student Services to discuss the steps necessary for a change in major.
  • Any other students who have questions or concerns pertaining to eligibility or timing of their internal transfer application should contact CALS Admissions.

Applied Economics and Management (AEM)

  • See the Dyson School Internal Transfer website for information on the internal transfer application process

  • Questions about applying should be directed to: dyson_admissions [at] cornell.edu

Biological Engineering

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5 and at most one grade below C- in math, science and engineering courses

  • Prior to the beginning of junior year, students should be on track to complete:

    • BEE/ENGRD 2600 or 2510 with a grade of C or better

    • One year of Introductory Biology with grades of C- or better

    • All College of Engineering core requirements (including MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 and 2940, PHYS 1112 and 2213 (2208 for those who are pre-med), ENGRD 2020)

Biological Sciences

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75

  • At least one course in Biology completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

Communication

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5

  • COMM 1101, COMM 2820 and one of the Focus Area Introductory Courses completed before transfer with an average grade of a B+ or better across the three courses

  • Focus Area Introductory Courses: COMM 2200, COMM 2450, COMM 2760 and COMM 2850

Development Sociology

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.0

  • Introduction to Sociology (DSOC 1101 or SOC 1101) completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

  • A Statistics course completed before transfer with a grade of C or better

  • At least one additional DSOC course completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

Environmental Engineering

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.0 and minimum GPA of 2.0 in all math, science and engineering courses

  • Prior to the beginning of junior year, students should be on track to complete:

    • BEE/ENGRD 2510 with a grade of C- or better

    • All College of Engineering core requirements (including MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 and 2940, PHYS 1112 and 2213, ENGRD 2020)

Global and Public Health Sciences

  • In limited cases, Internal Transfer to the Global and Public Health Sciences major may be available

Information Science

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.0

  • Calculus or Statistics

  • Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110)

  • At least one course in the Information Science core (INFO 1200 or INFO 1260, INFO 1300, INFO 2040, INFO 2950)

Landscape Architecture

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5

  • At least one course in new interest area completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

  • Portfolio

Nutritional Sciences

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75

  • NS coursework: NS 1150, 1220, 2450, 2750, 3410, or 3450 completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

  • Chemistry: CHEM 2070/2080 (general chemistry) sequence (or equivalent) should be completed by the beginning of sophomore year, and organic chemistry requirement should be completed by the beginning of junior year (see NS major page for specific options)

  • Recommended: Introductory biology lecture and/or lab (see NS major page for specific options)

  • Recommended: Calculus or statistics (see NS major page for specific options)

All other majors

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5

  • At least one course in new interest area completed before transfer with a grade of B or better

Admissions Process

Internal Transfer applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters.

 

Spring Semester

Application Deadline: Last day of classes in December

Notification: Mid-January

 

Fall Semester

Application Deadline: Last day of classes in May

Notification: Mid-June

1. Meet with the Advising Contact in your desired CALS major to discuss program and degree requirements

  • View the list of Advising Contacts by major and schedule a meeting.

    • The purpose of the meeting is to fully understand the major requirements and discuss how to complete the required courses within the timeline of your expected date of graduation.

    • Be prepared by bringing a current unofficial transcript and a list of questions.

    • To confirm that this meeting has taken place, complete this brief form. Following your meeting, the Advising Contact will provide feedback to the CALS Admissions office regarding your candidacy.

2. Complete the Internal Transfer Application

  • CALS requires submission of your resume, so be sure to include this in the space provided on the online application form.

3. All decisions are final and there is no appeal process

Contact us

CALS Undergraduate Admissions
177 Roberts Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: 607-255-2036
cals_admissions [at] cornell.edu